DENVER (AP):Speculation ramped up yesterday that Broncos coach Gary Kubiak will step down after the season because of health concerns just 11 months after leading Denver to a triumphant Super Bowl 50.The Broncos close their disappointing season late Sunday afternoon at home against Oakland.Several coaches and players told The Associated Press over the last week that Kubiak hasn’t informed them of any retirement plans. The Broncos declined to comment yesterday morning in regards to rampant speculation over Kubiak’s future.Kubiak, who has two years left on his contract, was evasive when asked Friday about his health and coaching future.”Why? Do I look bad?” Kubiak asked, smiling. “There will be time for reflection and all of that stuff next week, but right now, it’s time to focus on what we’re doing.”The 55-year-old Kubiak suffered a complex migraine on October 9 following Denver’s loss to Atlanta, his second health scare in three seasons. Doctors ordered him to take a week off and he hasn’t appeared to have any health issues since.He also suffered a mini-stroke at half-time of a game against Indianapolis in 2013 when he was coaching the Houston Texans.He was fired at the end of that season and had a terrific comeback in 2014 as offensive coordinator in Baltimore, where he had planned to stay until Broncos GM John Elway called him following John Fox’s ouster.Calling it a “game-changer”, Kubiak stepped back into the pressure cooker on January 19, 2015, when he was named the 15th head coach in Denver, where he spent 13 seasons either backing up Elway at quarterback or drawing up blueprints as his offensive coordinator.HEALTH SCAREHe said at the time that his health scare in 2013 taught him to rely more on those around him. He also said he wasn’t worried about the pressure of the Denver job, noting he thrived amid high expectations as a player from 1983-91 and then serving on Mike Shanahan’s staff from 1995-2005, coaching the Texans from 2006-13.Last season, he deftly managed injuries at quarterback, edge rusher and left tackle to lead the Broncos to their third Lombardi Trophy even though both Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler struggled to run the offence.Kubiak’s offensive philosophies are rooted in Bill Walsh’s West Coast system featuring the zone-blocking schemes that the Broncos fine-tuned in the 1990s and 2000s. But in both of his seasons in Denver, the Broncos have stumbled offensively, unable to run the ball and get much production from the tight ends.With four new starters along the O-line this season, the Broncos again sputtered behind poor blocking and a battered backfield, where C.J. Anderson, Andy Janovich and Kapri Bibbs ended up on IR.Neither Trevor Siemian nor Paxton Lynch settled in at quarterback. Siemian suffered injuries to both shoulders and his left foot.If Kubiak steps down, possible replacements include Miami defensive coordinator Vance Joseph and Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.Even if Kubiak returns, there are expected to be changes to his offensive staff after a season-long, head-scratching inability to start fast.The Broncos have scored an NFL-worst 33 first-quarter points and had just one sustained touchdown drive in the first quarter all season.
I read with dismay that the Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA) said it does not possess the equipment that is needed to actively monitor the quality of the country’s telecoms networks, Cellular News reports.According to the article, the director of the LTA said at a hearing that the lack of the equipment was enabling some companies to under report their traffic and avoid full regulatory payments to the government. Further, the lack of detailed technical supporting documentation that such equipment would provide is hampering any attempts to enforce shut-down notices on companies that are suspected of fraud.As a student of information technology (IT) and communication, I am taking aback by the LTA desire to undertake such arrangement without a national legislation. The invading of people’s privacy should be protected by GSM providers in all forms. The machine that the LTA is talking about here is a “Spy Machine”. This equipment is called the Consolidated ICT Regulatory Management System (Cirms). This system is designed to track calls, invade GSM users’ privacy and to prevent telecoms customers from being overcharged.This system has both positive and negative implications and it should be backed by a national legislation if the LTA must succeed. Without a national legislation the process will be illegal and violation of the GSM users’ privacy.It can be recalled that the telecommunication operators in Malawi have similar tussles on the matter but was later defeated by the by Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (Macra) over the Consolidated ICT Regulatory Management System (Cirms). Macra bought the Cirms – which was later popularised as ‘the Spy Machine’ – from a US-based company, Agilis International, at a cost of USD6.8 million and by August, it had paid USD2 million.Since its acquisition, operators have been protesting its installation claiming it would infringe on the public’s right to privacy. They later ended in court over the matter.Here in Liberia, the LTA is claiming that without said equipment it cannot enforce shutdown on GSM companies’ violators. The fact here is that, this machine perform beyond that point of enforcing shut down. It is a spy machine and GSM companies are under obligation to protect the privacy rights of their users. This could lead to a crises between the GSM companies and the LTA.Telecommunication operators in Malawi still insist that using the high-tech call tracking equipment is a violation of their users’ rights, their services and will compromise obligation and duty they have to their subscribers.They also based their argument on the laws of Malawi saying Section 21 sub section c of the Malawi Constitution call for the protection of personal privacy. But parliament which has the bragging rights in the formulation of laws in the country overwhelmingly supported the controversial machine.In their submission, they also challenged the directive by Macra to all telecommunication operators to provide it with subscribers’ call detail records.Spy fearsAmid much tussling over the system’s use, MACRA put its foot down and it almost switched on the machine, only to be stopped in its tracks when politicians and human rights activists challenged the implementation by seeking a court intervention.On October 14, 2011 the High Court in Blantyre indeed stopped the Malawi government from switching on the machine.The court gave an order to MACRA restraining it from getting Call Details Records (CDRs) from the country’s telephone operators. Lawyer Ralph Kasambara was hired to challenge the rolling-out of the machine.The kind of information CDRs provide include who called which number; details of calls received; time and duration of calls; location where call was made or received; SMS sent and received; type of handset used and other detailed subscriber information.Malawi telecommunication operators already provide summarised data from the CDRs and MACRA is not currently able to access detailed subscriber information. But the new system would allow MACRA access to information about the calls made by anyone in the country.In the initial dispute over the matter, Information and Civic Education Minister Patricia Kaliati echoed what her predecessor had said: that the machine would only be used to improve the quality of services being offered by the operators and manage traffic.Government has backed MACRA’s intention to implement the Consolidated ICT Regulatory Management System CIRMS Project, arguing that it will help the Malawi Revenue Authority recover lost revenue.What will happen in Liberia if the LTA shall have installed such machine, looking at the political loyalty of our government officials? Will people rights to their privacy be protected? Let the LTA be open enough and tell the Liberian people the fact about this machine and its function in totality.About the author: Charles B. Yates is a student of IT- Networking and Communication at the National Institute of Information Technology (NIIT), Delhi, India. He can be reached on +91-9818-048750.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Whitcher played at Redondo High and Harbor College, took a couple of years off, then found his way east. Going into today’s game against Fort Lewis in Durango, Colo., the NCAA Division II Mustangs are 3-5 overall and 3-3 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Sure, they rue the fact the season has not been a complete success, but the time they’ve spent in school has opened their eyes to a bigger picture of the world. White, a linebacker, was the trail blazer, arriving three years ago and ultimately became the recruiter of his three buddies. But he also latched on to the advantage of living in a small mountain town. “I’ve met a lot of cool people out here,” White said. “I basically came out here by myself and now I have a lot of good friends I’ll keep in touch with the rest of my life. It was pretty tough, but I didn’t expect to meet all these people, especially this many close friends. “It makes you grow up a little. You get a degree for free, plus you get a chance to play football.” Whitcher was working various jobs in Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach while he attained his AA degree from Harbor when he was lured to Silver City, by White, whose team needed a punter this season. Whitcher admits to being shocked by the small town, but there was one thing he liked immediately. “The elevation (6,000 feet), being a punter that helps me out,” Whitcher said. “That’s always a plus.” Whitcher ranks seventh in Division II with a 41.5-yard average, but after correcting his numbers, the team discovered his average is actually 43.5 yards, which would rank him fourth. Ehinger, a defensive lineman, actually shared playing time last year for Grand Valley, last year’s Division II national champion that is still riding a 36-game win streak. But he couldn’t settle in the way he wanted. “The program was cool, but I really didn’t like Michigan,” Ehinger said. “It was cold and too far from home. People out here are a lot more down to earth, a lot more cool.” You’ve got to be down to earth to survive the simple logistics. They don’t get flown around to road trips like Pac-10 schools. No, it’s a minimum of six hours on a bus to visit RMAC schools, and last season, they got to endure a pair of 18-hour trips to games in Nebraska. “You get off the bus feeling like you’ve already been through a game,” Such said. “You’re sore and tight and twisted. Once it’s game time, it’s like here we go again.” There are little rewards along the way. On Oct.6, the limelight came to town with No. 2 Chadron State. On that day, Chadron running back Danny Woodhead became the NCAA’s all-time leading rusher, surpassing the record of 7,353 career yards. “We were all talking about different ways to get on TV,” Such said, laughing. “There were rumors the game would be on ESPN. They might have covered it (for) 15 seconds.” But it was just a tiny part of an experience the four will never forget. “I think kids who don’t have the opportunity to go to Division I who are good enough to play Division II should definitely take a chance,” White said. “Get out of the city and go out and play Division II football in small towns.” firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Heck yeah, they talk about the beach. It’s about the only tie that binds that keeps four kids from the South Bay from going stir crazy. It would be easy, after all, for someone who grew up with all the amenities of the big city to suddenly be dropped into the middle of nowhere. Yet there are Nathaniel White, Jon Such, Jeremy Ehinger and Mike Whitcher toiling away in Silver City, N.M. Yep, that Silver City. Take Interstate 10 about 200 miles east of Tucson, Ariz., but don’t miss that junction at Lordsburg. When they aren’t sitting around and wondering when their next chance to hit the beach will be, at least the four can talk about football. Their shared passion for the game brought them together at Western New Mexico University. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre And despite the temptation for big-city folk to deride our nation’s outback, all four have no regrets attending school cut off from the rest of the world. “It’s a trip,” said Such, an offensive lineman. “I’m not going to lie; it’s definitely different than home.” The city is home to about 10,000 and the school has an enrollment of about 2,000. “It’s hilarious,” Such said, recalling one of his early visits. “I gave my parents a tour the first time they came out here and the tour was over in 15 minutes. There’s that, that, and that, and that’s about it right there. They thought it was pretty funny.” Such, Ehinger and White attended West Torrance High, then took different paths to reach WNMU. Such played at El Camino College, Ehinger attended Grand Valley State in Michigan and White played for Harbor College.
The sound of music will fill Arranmore Island today as the Donegal Youth Orchestra performs it’s end of season concert.Joined by Arranmore Pipe Band and other special guests from the island, the concert promises to be a showcase of talent.Conducted by Vincent Kennedy, the Orchestra is made up of talented young musicians from across the county. The Orchestra embraces a varied and often challenging repertoire, from well-known and loved compositions of the Classical era, to modern and avantgarde creations by contemporary composers and artists, taking in film scores and television compositions.It is run under the auspices of the Donegal Music Education Partnership.Today’s concert gets underway at 3pm. DONEGAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA ON ARRANMORE ISLAND TODAY was last modified: May 15th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Arranmore Islanddonegal youth orchestraorchestra
“I don’t like getting tackled by the first guy,” said Sutton, who rushed for a season-high 244 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries. “It gets the defense trying to gang-tackle and that opens other things up.” Northwestern scored on seven straight possessions and finished with a school-record 674 yards of total offense against a Wisconsin defense that had allowed an average of 336.8. EVANSTON, Ill. – Tyrell Sutton was looking over his shoulder, worried he’d be tackled him from behind. It was wasted energy. The freshman broke a tackle at the line and didn’t stop until he reached the end zone 62 yards later with what proved to be the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter Saturday as Northwestern beat No. 14 Wisconsin 51-48 and handed the Badgers their first loss of the season. Wisconsin’s Brian Calhoun became the first Wisconsin player with more than 100 yards rushing and receiving in a game, carrying 23 times for 122 and catching 11 passes for 128. Stocco was 24 of 31 for 326 yards with two interceptions and four touchdowns – all to Jonathan Orr. Northwestern’s scoring streak started when Joel Howell kicked a 21-yard field goal with 4 seconds left in the first half and ended when Sutton fumbled with 3:31 left in the game. In between, the Wildcats scored six touchdowns. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Sutton now has 772 yards rushing, the most by a Northwestern freshman. Brett Basanez completed 26 of 36 passes for 361 yards and three touchdowns for the Wildcats. Tim McGarigle had 25 tackles and two sacks as the Wildcats beat Wisconsin for the third time in four games. Sutton’s 1-yard run in the third quarter put Northwestern (3-2, 1-1 Big Ten) ahead for good 23-17, and that 62-yarder late in the fourth made it 51-34. From there, the Wildcats hung on. After recovering a fumble by Sutton near midfield, Wisconsin’s John Stocco completed a 21-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Orr to pull the Badgers (5-1, 2-1) to 51-48 with 2:48 remaining. After a punt by Northwestern’s Ryan Pederson rolled out at the 3 with 1:23 remaining, Wisconsin had a final chance. But on the next play, Reggie McPherson intercepted Stocco at the 14.
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts guest author 1 A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Everywhere you look these days, people are attempting to start innovative businesses and nonprofits, working on putting team, product and financing together, and generally trying to change the world – or, at least, their world – through entrepreneurship.Meanwhile, I strongly suspect that the mortality rate of tech startups is as high as ever (no rigorous scientific tracking there, just common sense and observation – please do share stats if you know of some). In any case, one failed startup is one too many.Guest author Greg Boutin helps startups and early-stage ventures defy a certain death, through strategy and marketing services. He blogs on entrepreneurship and on semantic technologies. He thanks Arnold Wytenburg, William Mougayar of Eqentia, Fabien Tiburce of Compliantia, and Ceara Scullion for their priceless input on this post.So, wouldn’t it be great if we could align on a guiding set of principles on how not to kill a startup? Think Hippocratic Oath for entrepreneurs – just not strictly an oath, and more in the spirit of “Doing Good” than “Doing No Harm” (or “Doing No Evil” for that matter). After all, unlike humans, doing nothing to a startup is a sure path to death, so we need to be more proactive.And yes, I know, blanket business principles can sometimes be silly (if you haven’t yet, I recommend you read the Halo Effect by Rosenzweig), but as the recent book The Checklist Manifesto argues, situations can also sometimes be improved with the introduction of simple, field-tested guidelines. I can personally tie every startup failure that I know of to the principles below not being respected.So here is a rough copy – or should I say an alpha – of a list, based on inputs from other entrepreneurs, and my own experience as a startup consultant and entrepreneur. Please make your own suggestions for changes and additions/subtractions in the comment section. If I get many responses, I’ll compile the best submissions into a beta version to be published in a follow-up post.And of course, our list will always remain in beta. Without further ado:How Not to Kill Your Start-Up (v 0.1)This one’s obvious – watch your cash flow. Whether your plan is to fund your startup through investors or through revenues, plan ahead. Every other principle below flows from this simple one.Spot a real problem and concentrate your efforts on solving it. Do not disperse your time among too many concurrent, unrelated pursuits.Identify your target market(s) and collect market feedback early on. Seek to understand your prospects and customers through first-hand observation (how do they currently deal with the problem you are trying to solve?) and continuous inputs.Design and develop a minimum viable solution as fast as possible. A minimum viable solution is anything you can extract a firm commitment from a potential client or investor with.Surround yourself with dedicated, effective people. Build a small team and a pipeline of strong players, and nurture a circle of supporters with knowledge and/or financial resources. Incentivize everyone intelligently (if nothing else, respect can go a long way) and reward them fairly.Read Crossing the Chasm. Appreciate the difference between early adopters and mainstream prospects. Know which one you target, and do not confuse technologies and products with whole solutions. Only offer whole solutions to mainstream leads.Consider other sources of competitive power than just technological sophistication, e.g. superior customer experience or service, exclusive distribution partnerships, or other market-based advantages.Have a plan for cutting through market noise. Know how prospects will hear about your solution. Understand that building a great product is required but rarely sufficient to build a great business, it needs to be marketed one way or another.Invest time in selecting and testing a business model, and be open to changing it based on new learning. Choose one you are able to sell to investors if you go down that road (even if it is based on traffic only, à la Twitter, have a monetization model you can justify).Be creative and resourceful in meeting your objectives. Seek cost-effective solutions, and do not give up in the face of adversity, but seek to learn and adapt your approach to overcome obstacles.And ultimately, remember that startups sometimes need to be killed, for their own good (or yours at least). Do not fear failure, because that is the fastest road to failing as an entrepreneur. Just rinse and repeat.Photo by B S K. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#How To#start
IBM’s Watson supercomputer will take on Jeopardy champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in a man-versus-machine Jeopardy competition that will air in February. The grand prize for the competition will be $1 million, with second place earning $300,000 and third place $200,000. And at a practice round today, Watson was faster on the buzzer – and correct with its responses – than its human competitors.The Jeopardy match-up is meant to showcase the development of IBM’s artificial intelligence technology. IBM describes Watson as “an application of advanced Natural Language Processing, Information Retrieval, Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, and Machine Learning technologies to the field of open-domain question answering.” Named after IBM founder Thomas Watson, the supercomputer is the culmination of over four years of research and development.Watson is the successor to IBM’s Deep Blue, the computer that famously beat World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov in 1987. But winning at Jeopardy is significantly more complicated than winning at chess (no offense to chess champions), as it involves a great deal more than simply understanding the next-best-move on a chess board. Watson needs to be able to understand the questions asked (or, rather, answers given), something aided by the 200 million some-odd pages of content that have been entered into its system. And it also has to be able to weigh which categories to choose and how much to wager in the final round.Watson is powered by 10 racks of IBM Power 750 servers running Linux with 2,880 processor cores running at 80 teraflops and 15 terabytes of RAM. By comparison, Deep Blue ran at around 1 teraflop. It takes Watson less than 3 seconds to scan those millions of pages of content, and respond with its noticeably Hal-like voice. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Photo credits: Sam Gustin, Wired 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts audrey watters Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#web
Ron Dennison finally stopped the bleeding for FEU with a 3-pointer to make it a two-point game but the Tamaraws blew several cracks at the basket and had a crucial turnover off the inbound to help the Bulldogs’ case.Arvin Tolentino misfired on a potential game-tying triple as time ran out.The Tams squandered a golden opportunity to close in on a semifinals spot. A win would’ve gotten them at least a playoff for the fourth spot.Tolentino and Dennison scored 21 points apiece for FEU, which fell to 6-7.ADVERTISEMENT “This is what I was expecting from our players. Our maturity. Like what we said, we can fast track talent, but the maturity, the experience that you cannot fasttrack so I’m just happy right now because I saw the maturity today,” said NU head coach Jamike Jarin after his team improved to 5-8.“I hope it’s not too late. I’m just very proud of all the players,” Jarin said. FEU made a run at the start and in the middle of the third, but we never bowed down and that was the maturity that we’ve always wanted.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Bulldogs stared at a 79-64 deficit before Alejandro and Gaye willed the team back. A 3-pointer by Alejandro gave NU the lead for good, 82-81, with 4:51 remaining.The graduating guard, who also had six rebounds and nine assists, then, capped a 20-2 run by the Bulldogs with a layup. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University stayed in Final Four contention after rallying past Far Eastern University, 87-84, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.With the Bulldogs’ season on the line, J-Jay Alejandro took over in the fourth quarter, where he fired 11 of his 17 points.ADVERTISEMENT Fourth and final crewman pulled alive from capsized ship PLAY LIST 01:16Fourth and final crewman pulled alive from capsized ship02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8000:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UCF’s Tacko Fall is 7-foot-6, and his game is still growing Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next MOST READ View comments
Julian Draxler has told Kylian Mbappe to do all he can to be fit to face Liverpool, but the Germany international is ready to step up for Paris Saint-Germain if needed.Mbappe and fellow star Neymar were injured in the international break to put their participation in the game in doubt, but coach Thomas Tuchel suggested on Friday they could return on Wednesday.PSG are third in their Champions League group, a point behind both Napoli and Liverpool with two games remaining, making a positive result against the Reds crucial, and Draxler knows he may have to deliver if the two forwards are not back. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “If both players are injured, we still have a lot of good qualities in the team. Many other players can score or make assists, like me,” he said. Julian Draxler: “We hope that @neymarjr and @KMbappe play on Wednesday. At the same time, we have other great players who can play”— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) November 23, 2018 But Draxler is keen to see PSG at full strength as they look ahead to a pivotal match.”I have spoken with Kylian and I told him: ‘You have three or four days left to prepare for Liverpool, it will be important for us’,” he said. “In the dressing room, we talk about that.”It’s clear. We are not afraid, we know it’s a decisive game. We’ll play a good game against Toulouse [on Saturday] and then we’ll think about Liverpool.”We have to play better than there [at Anfield in a 3-2 defeat]. I think everybody will be ready and I am very happy to have the opportunity to play a match like that in front of our supporters.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
(Eds: Disclaimer: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with PR Newswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.)EMBOODHOO LAGOON, Maldives, Oct. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — As part of an initiative to acquaint visitors with the breath-taking underwater lives in the Maldives, Best Dives Pvt Ltd is preparing to introduce a semi-submarine as part of the company’s excursion activities at CROSSROARDS.CROSSROADS, the largest integrated destination in the Maldives, developed by premier property development and investment holding company Singha Estate Public Company Limited, is set to redefine the Maldives’ vacation experience and captivate the international family-leisure markets to the Maldives.The new semi-submarine is intended to provide an introductory experience to visitors who are keen to see the rich underwater lives in the Maldives. The semi-submarine will acquaint hesitant visitors to the joys of experiencing the diverse ecosystem that inhabits the oceans surrounding the islands. Best Dives expects the semi-submarine to be an excellent stepping stone to other water sports such as snorkelling and SCUBA diving.Best Dives was appointed by Singha Estate to provide a wide-range of water activities and excursions for the CROSSROADS project. This includes SCUBA diving, motorized and non-motorized water sports activities and various excursions that will showcase the natural beauty of the Maldives both above and underwater, as well as the unique Maldivian cultures.Best Dives is one of the leading and fastest growing diving and watersports companies in the Maldives. The Gold and Silver Awards winner for the Leading Activity/Watersports Centre by South Asian Travel Awards 2018 has had an established Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and emergency action plans for every recreational activity the company offers. Best Dives maintains a special focus on the security and safety to all aspects of the company’s operations. Best Dives staff also undergo regular safety trainings and the company maintains a high number of staff members with Emergency First Responder certification.advertisement”At this point, things are starting to take shape. This submersible submarine is a key addition to the experience that CROSSROADS is offering.Lots of key aspects are starting to come into play to be ready for next year’s opening. Seeing partners come together to make this happen is a wonderful feeling,” said Thiti Thongbenjamas, Chief Operating Officer of CROSSROADS.About CROSSROADSThe development of the CROSSROADS project is set to redefine the Maldives’ vacation experience as the first integrated leisure and recreation destination that will attract and captivate the international family-leisure markets to the Maldives.Inspired by cultures from the East and the West at the crossing of Maritime Silk Road, the project is situated within the 7 km-long lagoon just 15 minutes from Male International Airport by speed boat presenting an easy access and unique offerings for travellers as well as the residents of the capital city. Featuring a luxurious yacht marina and a rich combination of hotels, entertainment, one-of-a-kind lifestyle beach club, retail and fine dining, the project also houses a cultural centre that will promote the life and crafts of the islands nation and introduce global practice sustainable tourism schemes dedicated to preserving the bio-diversity of the Maldives’ prestigious marine ecosystem and enhancing the well-being of the local community.Singha Estate Public Company Limited123, Suntowers Building B, 22nd Floor, Vibhavadi-Rangsit Road,Chom Phon, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, ThailandT: +66 (0) 2050-5555www.singhaestate.co.thPhoto – https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20181024/2277848-1PWRPWR